TAFE New South Wales (TAFE NSW) International

Study at TAFE NSW as International Student

TAFE NSW Application


TAFE NSW - Technical and Further Education Commission CRICOS Provider: 00591E

TAFE NSW is Australia's largest vocational education provider. TAFE stands for Technical and Further Education. TAFE also stands for high quality training that is accessible to all.

TAFE NSW delivers courses to suit your needs and interests. Whether it is for a first time job, a promotion or further study, TAFE NSW has something for everyone. TAFE NSW is also highly accessible to all interested. The courses are delivered by flexible methods for your convenience. They can either be online by distance learning or face to face. Alternatively, any of these methods can be combined to suit your needs.

Recognition or Prior Learning

Any experience gained outside formal study such as through work or life experiences may earn recognition by TAFE NSW and facilitate your entry into a course.

TAFE NSW application

Apply for the next intake:
We are accepting applications now across the leading English language, VET and Bachelor Degree courses offered at TAFE NSW. International students can enhance their career and employment prospects through the industry-recognised programs, including:
Accounting - Business & Marketing - Children’s Services - Design & Digital Media - Engineering, Building & Construction - Hospitality & Commercial Cookery - Information Technology - Nursing & Aged Care - Tourism & Events ...

There’s never been a better time to study at TAFE NSW. For full course information contact our team of education agents. We will help you for free!


Why study at TAFE NSW?


130 years of experience

TAFE NSW as been teaching students for over 130 years. Providing students with a high quality education to ensure practical, real world skills are obtained so that students can get a job and succeed in the workplace.

Wide range of locations

TAFE NSW has over 50 locations across NSW, however only some of these offer programs for international students. No matter which locations you choose, at the end of the day you will receive all the support services that you need. Whether you prefer the city life, a beach lifestyle or prefer to live in a more laid back and natural environment, TAFE NSW can cater to your needs.

Many course options to choose from

From English language course to Bachelor degree, TAFE NSW has a course for everyone. Qualifications are based on  the Australian
Qualification Framework (AQF). Check with us to find out whether your course of interest is recognised in your country.

Practical hands on learning and work placements

TAFE NSW deliver their courses through hand's on learning experiences, made possible by state-of-the art-facilities. This ensures that practical, real world skills are obtained. Some TAFE NSW courses have a workplace component, which provides the opportunity for students to develop and hone their skills, in a real world, workplace environment.

Speciality hospitality centres

For students interested to study in the hospitality field, TAFE NSW operates training restaurants that provide hands-on, first class practical skills in both front and back of house restaurant operations. These learning centers have trained some of Australia’s best chefs, restaurant and hotel managers and regularly host guest chefs and special events throughout the year.

Leading in design

TAFE NSW is proud to offer one of Australia’s most celebrated design centres known as the TAFE NSW Design Centre Enmore (DCE). The learning centre features a wide variety of design disciplines.

TAFE NSW also has "The Fashion Design Studio (FDS)", which is ranked in the top 20 fashion schools in the world. Alumni include Akira Isogawa, Alex Perry, Nicky Zimmermann and Lisa Ho.

TAFE New South Wales Course Options

TAFE New South Wales NSW

English Language Courses

Whether you just want to improve your English, or need to complete a course to meet the English language requirements of your chosen degree, TAFE NSW offer flexible English courses for each level. Intakes are every Monday and most programs run 50 weeks a year.

International students who want to improve their English language skills can do so by attending one of the Courses by TAFE New South Wales. Beginners as well as advanced learners can pick from a multitude of courses which last from 2 to 50 weeks.

TAFE NSW English Language Centres
The six English learning centres of TAFE NSW are located in the following areas:

  • Ultimo
  • Meadowbank
  • Newcastle
  • Kingscliff
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Wollongong

TAFE NSW English Language Courses:
There is a multitude of courses on offer for professionals, study tour groups, young people on a working holiday and students on a visitor visa, these include:

  • General English Beginner
    This course is aimed at beginners and English speakers of an intermediate level and takes from 2 to 25 weeks. Students will develop skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Furthermore, a strong focus is set on pronunciation and vocabulary extension.
  • General English Advanced
    Advanced English This course is designed for upper intermediate to advanced learners. During five to 10 weeks of training students develop high level study skills. In addition to that the program prepares students for the IELTS test, interpreting diploma or for working with English speakers.
  • Certificate 3 in English for Further Studies
    Intermediate learners will be prepared for Certificate or Diploma studies at TAFE NSW or for university. The duration varies from five to 20 weeks. International students will be required to pass the academic IELTS test with a minimum score of 5.5 prior to Certificate and Diploma courses at TAFE Australia.
  • English for Academic Purposes
    This course focuses on the preparation for further studies at Australian TAFEs, universities, etc. Topics include academic writing, listening and note taking, reading comprehension, academic speech (for oral presentations and seminars) and integrated study skills. Furthermore, the focus is set on grammar, English for social purposes, vocabulary, pronunciation and computer literacy. With passing this course students meet the lingual entry requirements to some universities.
  • Exam Preparation Courses
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) – TAFE NSW Newcastle only
    • Cambridge B2 First (FCE) – TAFE NSW Newcastle only
    • IELTS Preparation depending on demand (This course is tailor-made to prepare students for the IELTS test.)
    • Occupational English Test (OET) evening classes for test practice available on demand – TAFE NSW
      Newcastle only

To find out more about these programs and the fees, contact our team.

Course Areas

When you get in touch with us, you may already know what you would like to study or you might come to ask and ask for some career advice. Whichever the case, out team of education expert can help you start your journey.

Here we list some of the course areas on offer by TAFE NSW International and the respective career opportunities. If the area that you are interested in is not listed here,  contact us to discuss what options may be available to suit your requirements.

Make sure to contact us to find out more about your study options. At any time the list here can change, therefore it is best you get in touch with us for the most accurate information.

  • Accounting
    • Account planning manager
    • Accounts supervisor
    • Assistant accountant
    • Business Activity Statement (BAS) agent
    • Financial analyst
    • Lending officer
    • Insurance advisor
    • Tax advisor
    • Bookkeeper
    • Office administrator
    • Credit card services officer
    • Payroll manager
    • Senior accounts clerk
    • Accounts clerk
  • Building & Construction
    • Senior civil works designer
    • Paraprofessional designer
    • Architectural draftsperson
    • Architectural technician
    • Building information modelling specialist
    •  Accredited building designer
    • Cartographer
    • CAD operator
    • Carpenter
    • Project manager on medium rise building projects
    • Town planning officer
    • Town planning surveyor
  • Hospitality
    • Executive chef and chef de partie
    • Breakfast cook, short order cook, or fast food cook
    • Bar attendant, barista, front desk, receptionist, gaming attendant, housekeeper, waiter or wine waiter
    • Qualified cook
    • Patisserie cook
    • Dietetic assistant or nutrition assistant in public and private hospitals
    • Baker
    • Concierge
    • Food and beverage supervisor
    • Caterer
    • Kitchen manager
    • Restaurant manager
    • Pastry chef/manager
    • Food and beverage manager
    • Cafe or small restaurant owner
    • Motel owner or manager
  • Children Services
    • Teacher or director in long day care or preschool
    • Integrated child and family services officer
    • Early intervention services officer
    • Qualified child care worker
    • Service/centre manager
  • Information Technology
    •  Senior network administrator
    • Information systems manager
    • IT security specialist
    • E-business coordinator
    • Engineer
    • Operations analyst
    • Security administrator
    • Security advisor
    • Chief information officer
    • Access services officer
    • Applications architect
    • Administrator
    • Architect
    • Developer
    • Manager
    • Customer support professional
    • Digital media designer
    • ICT security specialist
    • Information technology manager
    • IT administrator/coordinator
    • Administrator
    • Developer
    • Service delivery manager
    • Firewall engineer
    • Intrusion detection analyst
    • 2D or 3D animator
    • PC or mobile games developer
  • Nursing
    • Assistant in nursing in public and private acute care facilities
    • Assistant in nursing in palliative and aged care facilities

Other course areas:

  • Aged Care
  • Agricultural (Rural) Studies
  • Animal Care
  • Applied Science
  • Architectural Studies
  • Beauty Services
  • Business and Management
  • Community Services
  • Dental Studies
  • Design
  • Digital Media
  • Engineering Studies
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Testing
  • Equine (Horse) Studies
  • Fashion Design
  • Fine Arts
  • Hairdressing
  • Health Services
  • Horticulture
  • Human Resources
  • Marine Engineering and Maritime Operations
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Massage Therapy
  • Music Studies
  • Optical Dispensing
  • Photo Imaging
  • Real Estate Services
  • Sport and Fitness
  • Telecommunications
  • Tertiary Preparation and General Education
  • Tourism and Events



TAFE NSW offers international students many different paths to success. Credit transfers and diploma-to-degree arrangements are very popular with international students.

D2D Diploma to Degree Pathways program

This is the fast track option for international students who want to complete their studies within a shorter time frame from TAFE to full degree studies.

University Partnerships

TAFE NSW is an Education Business Partner of leading Australian universities. On successful completion of your TAFE NSW course, agreements with these universities guarantees your entry.

  • University of Canberra
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Southern Cross University
  • Australian Catholic University

TAFE NSW Entry Requirements & Scholarships

Study at TAFE New South Wales as International Student

Academic Requirements

VET Courses:
Most courses require Australian Year 10 or equivalent. Some courses require Australian Year 12 or equivalent.

Diploma, Advanced Diploma Courses:

Australian Year 12 or equivalent OR (AQF) Certificate 3 or Certificate 4 qualification.

Bachelor and Associates Degrees
Australian Year 12 or equivalent OR (AQF) Certificate 4 qualification OR Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a Higher Education Institute.

To find out the equivalent entry requirements for your country of citizenship, contact our team.



English Requirements

International students are required to have a completed at minimum Academic IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL (iBT) 46 or General English (Beginner to Advanced) or an Exam Preparation course. However, the Diploma of Nursing requires an overall Academic IELTS of 7, with no band less than 7, or equivalent scores in other acceptable tests.

Bachelor degree programs require a higher IELTS, Academic IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 or TOEFL (iBT) 79. The alternative option is to package your degree with the English for Academic Purposes course offered by TAFE NSW, which will give you direct entry into the  Bachelor courses.


Visa Requirements

Unless you plan to study a short English langue course program for less than 3 (tourist visa) or 4 months (WHV), you will require an Australian Student Visa Subclass 500.

As part of our free student service, we can assist in with the student visa application process.

TAFE NSW Scholarships

TAFE NSW offers scholarships which provide financial support for citizens of specific countries to study in Australia. These Scholarships are offered through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

As an education agent, we can also offer you special prices from time to time.

Contact us to find out more.

Liste of the TAFE's in New South Wales

TAFE NSW Institutes

Campuses are located in both metropolitan and regional areas and thus ensure access to all. The courses delivered are in response to community needs and as such the needs of local industry are given due consideration.

Many courses are also delivered in partnership with local industry. Hence, TAFE students acquire some work experience and also prepare themselves to enter the workforce and serve their local communities.

Western Institute

Western Institute

Overview The Western Institute is responsible for some of the most isolated areas in eastern Australia. Servicing more than half …
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Riverina Institute

Riverina Institute

Overview With its more than 500 courses TAFE NSW Riverina Institute is the premier provider of vocational training and education …
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North Coast Institute

North Coast Institute

Overview About 40.000 students a year choose the vocational services of North Coast Institute. The TAFE is proud of its …
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TAFE NSW New England Institute

TAFE NSW New England Institute

Overview Providing education for an area that exceeds 100.000 square kilometres of Northern New South Wales, New England Institute has …
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TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute

TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute

Overview TAFE NSW Illwarra Institute offers a variety of courses as varied as the settings of its campuses. From general …
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TAFE NSW Hunter Institute

TAFE NSW Hunter Institute

Hunter TAFE Overview For more than 100 years Hunter Institute has provided high quality education for its students. Today over …
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South Western Sydney Institute

South Western Sydney Institute

Overview South Western Sydney Institute teaches almost 80.000 students every year. This enormous student population combined with a range of …
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Western Sydney Institute and OTEN

Western Sydney Institute and OTEN

Overview Western Sydney Institute is recognized as one of the biggest TAFEs of the whole country. With a student population …
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Northern Sydney Institute

Northern Sydney Institute

Overview More than 50.000 students a year select the vocational services of Northern Sydney Institute, making it one of the …
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Sydney Institute

Sydney Institute

Overview Sydney Institute can boast its fair share fair of superlatives. Founded in 1891 it is one of the oldest …
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Program Overview
The Hospitality and Tourism industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the world. It is dynamic, exciting and offers unlimited worldwide opportunities. However to succeed in this demanding profession you need reputable qualifications and skills as well as relevant work experience. TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute is offering international students an opportunity to undertake a two year combined Diploma in Hospitality Management and Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery customised program to be delivered through our Snowy Mountains based Cooma Campus and our coastal based Nowra Campus. A key feature of the program will be four “guaranteed” paid seasonal employment placements in both Australia’s spectacular Snowy Mountains region for the 2009 and 2010 Australian winter ski seasons (June – October) and on the pristine New South Wales South Coast for the peak summer holiday period (December 2009 - January 2010 and December 2010 – January 2011).

A Unique Australian Experience
The Illawarra region is the gateway to the stunning NSW South Coast and Snowy Mountains, famous worldwide for their natural beauty. Coastal and mountain towns such as Nowra, Berry, Batemans Bay, Jindabyne and Cooma, for example, are typical Australian rural towns full of character and special delights. This is why we have chosen these areas to host the study and employment placement periods of this international program.

Paid Employment Placements
During the employment placement periods you will be paid regular Australian award wages that will assist with your training and living expenses.

In some cases your employment placement will include onsite accommodation, meals and other staff benefits such as recreational activities and ski passes (conditions apply).

Our International Student Unit can arrange accommodation and meals at carefully selected properties with a focus on enriching your Australian experience. These properties offer a wide range of exciting sporting and recreational facilities and are
within walking distance to town centres and services. Regional tours and outings can also be arranged to allow you to enjoy many of the special things Australia is famous for such as our untouched beaches, magical wildlife, national park treasures and fascinating Aboriginal culture.

What our students are saying:
“I enjoy the way teachers take the time to explain everything and provide information at a learners pace. If I ever had additional queries I feel comfortable approaching my teachers.”
Rami Mittal – India

“I wanted to gain an Australian education because I felt it would give me a better experience to develop myself. I researched the institutions in Australia really thoroughly before I chose TAFE NSW. I was very keen to get a quality education and good value for money. I definitely made the right choice.”
Lynette Wong – Indonesia

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